According to the Hollywood Reporter, over a minute of footage will be cut from Bohemian Rhapsody upon its release in the country.
Because China refuses to show the film with any LGBTQ content.
All of the footage of Freddie Mercury kissing men will be removed from the film in order for the film to get a country-wide release in China.
#BohemianRhapsody to be released in China – without any homosexual content https://t.co/wh01HTQb5N https://t.co/G24YdcWfMn— NME (@NME)1551282726.0
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Get China Release, Without the Gay Parts https://t.co/UgBEpiWDtm https://t.co/ZTJt7Ue2BM— Towleroad (@Towleroad)1551377445.0
#BohemianRhapsody's Gay 'Intimate Kisses' to Be Cut for China Release: Report https://t.co/GjpVKe2I2s— SeuAcervo_music (@SeuAcervo_music)1551383300.0
The movie already received considerable pushback for "straightwashing" Mercury's character, including very few references to his bisexuality or the fact that he contracted HIV/AIDS.
This led several to joke that China will basically releasing the movie "as it already is."
Drink everytime you see that tweet joke from someone about how bohemian rhapsody airing in China without the gay pa… https://t.co/5N3BrZlyAf— “post woke” (@“post woke”)1551402500.0
Every single gay on this site tweeting a form of "So they'll just release it as it is?" on that BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY C… https://t.co/plryeNNCqE— Jorge Molina (@Jorge Molina)1551400797.0
Bohemian Rhapsody won Best Editing for editing out all the gay sex scenes.— Gonzalo Cordova (@Gonzalo Cordova)1551066610.0
“We made a film about a gay man,” said best actor winner Rami Malek. Could’ve fooled us… #Oscars https://t.co/4PwvelJTIa— PinkNews (@PinkNews)1551142804.0
Did Bohemian Rhapsody just win an Oscar for editing out the gay parts about Freddie Mercury?— John Mackey (@John Mackey)1551061208.0
Wellll....I'm happy Rami Malek identified Bohemian Rhapsody as a movie about a gay man. I wish someone had told the screenwriters.— Mark Harris (@Mark Harris)1551066641.0
honestly a big fuck you to the people who have decided to release bohemian rhapsody in china without its gay conten… https://t.co/KASLPLNg9M— ً (@ً)1551468327.0
But the worst part about all of this is China's continued treatment of LGBTQ people.
However, there are no anti-discrimination laws in place. Because of this, LGBTQ people struggle with not knowing if their sexual orientation or gender identity will get them arrested on a daily basis.
Censorship rules in China still apply to LGBTQ content.
Mango TV, the streaming service which showed the Oscars to China at large, censored Malek's acceptance speech when they replaced the term "gay man" with "special group" in its subtitles.
Introduction to China's LGBT in 4 minutes www.youtube.com
Surprise! In #China it is illegal to be #gay so the # #Chinese broadcaster censors #RamiMalek #Oscars speech #China… https://t.co/CBX8G5XFpy— Paul DuBois (@Paul DuBois)1551214518.0
It is completely outrageous that China is censoring the #LGBT scenes from #BohemianRhapsody It's time to grow up… https://t.co/SS8VtSMJoR— Mad As Mel (@Mad As Mel)1551406066.0
Oh China, get over it. There are LGBT people, just as there are different races and ethnicities. What on earth are… https://t.co/ilO7KlFFz0— Monita Rajpal (@Monita Rajpal)1551369298.0
Unsurprising. They censor everything. https://t.co/Iy3i8Aszl9— Voting ain't saving shit (@Voting ain't saving shit)1551430210.0
Whilst this is unsurprising it's still very sad. https://t.co/JwDxZJE7iI— Daniel Miles (@Daniel Miles)1551363540.0
Since being gay in China is an uphill battle, this announcement is hardly surprising.
But an international straight-washing of a queer icon and bisexual erasure once again?
Only in 2019, folks.
Only in 2019.